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You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger (2010)

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Sally's parents' marriage breaks up when her father undergoes a mid-life crisis and impulsively weds a prostitute. Meanwhile, Sally's own marriage also begins to disintegrate.

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Woody Allen

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gemma Jones ... Helena
Pauline Collins ... Cristal
Anthony Hopkins ... Alfie
Rupert Frazer Rupert Frazer ... Jogging Partner
Kelly Harrison Kelly Harrison ... Personal Trainer
Naomi Watts ... Sally
Josh Brolin ... Roy
Freida Pinto ... Dia
Eleanor Gecks Eleanor Gecks ... Rollerblading Friend
Antonio Banderas ... Greg
Fenella Woolgar ... Jane
Ewen Bremner ... Henry Strangler
Christian McKay ... Poker Friend
Philip Glenister ... Poker Friend
Jonathan Ryland ... Poker Friend
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Storyline

Follows a pair of married couples, Alfie (Hopkins) and Helena (Jones), and their daughter Sally (Watts) and husband Roy (Brolin), as their passions, ambitions, and anxieties lead them into trouble and out of their minds. After Alfie leaves Helena to pursue his lost youth and a free-spirited call girl named Charmaine (Punch), Helena abandons rationality and surrenders her life to the loopy advice of a charlatan fortune teller. Unhappy in her marriage, Sally develops a crush on her handsome art gallery owner boss, Greg (Banderas), while Roy, a novelist nervously awaiting the response to his latest manuscript, becomes moonstruck over Dia (Pinto), a mystery woman who catches his gaze through a nearby window. Written by Sony Pictures Classics

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Rated R for some language | See all certifications »

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English | Italian

Release Date:

22 October 2010 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Untitled Woody Allen London Project See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$22,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$160,103, 26 September 2010, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$3,247,816, 6 February 2011
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (3-track)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Woody Allen said that he initially thought he would not be able to get Sir Anthony Hopkins to agree to appear in the film. See more »

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The napkin in front of Alfie (Anthony Hopkins) when at lunch with Helena. He unfolds it, then it's again perfectly folded. See more »

Quotes

Sally: [to Roy bitterly after meeting Charmaine] That cheap tart is what he left my mother for? Actress, my foot! The only acting she's ever done is faking an orgasm.
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I Never Loved You
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The perfection of Woody Allen - This is a true horror film
31 March 2011 | by Gloede_The_SaintSee all my reviews

The goofy comedian has always been a pessimist. True love has never existed in his films and his couples rarely find happiness together. Despite of this, his films has never been as scary as this.

What started as comedic twists and a taste of the bittersweet life has slowly evolved into a harsh, but tragically honest depiction of life. With You Will Meet A Tall Dark Stranger the evolution seems to have been perfected.

The goofiness is basically gone and what's left plays like a drama with darkly humorous undertones. But it might just as well play as an horror film. Tragic, raw and beautiful. It's not his best, god knows he has done a lot of great work, but it's by far his most "pure" work to date.

Is delusions the only plays you can find happiness? Is the ideas of love and friendship simply a charade we hide behind? Do we simply get bored of each other? You know there's at least some truth here, but though I'm not ready to accept it all the very thought of it gives me chills.

Conveyed with such fabulous performances, particularly from Gemma Jones, and as is often the case with Allen, one heck of a script, Allen creates the perfect atmosphere. To put it in the simplest way possible - this is pretty close to being the perfect feel bad movie.


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